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Phase-Locked Array of Solid-State Lasers (PLASS-Laser)

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Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
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Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
MetroLaser, Inc.
22941 Mill Creek Drive Laguna Hills, CA 92653-1215
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Phase-Locked Array of Solid-State Lasers (PLASS-Laser)
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: F29601-03-C-0003
Award Amount: $69,923.00


"We propose to develop a scalable laser system based on a phased-locked array of solid-state lasers (PLASS Laser system). This proposed multiple channel phase-locked system uses optical phase conjugation to actively couple individual channels and tocompensate for optical aberrations that are typical in high-power laser systems. The proposed approach has several advantages over conventional passive phased arrays such as a significant decrease in the output beam divergence (to diffraction limitedquality) and a corresponding increase in the power density, as well as more efficient use of the gain media. It should allow the development of a laser system that combines at least four channels into a single output beam with beam quality M2 < 1.1 at anoutput power exceeding the kW level. The completed system will extend the use of solid-state lasers in applications such as industrial welding and cutting, medicine, commercial packaging and marking.In the Phase I program, design and analysis of a prototype system will be conducted along with sufficient laboratory measurements to demonstrate feasibility of the concept. In addition, a commercialization plan will be initiated to market the PLASS-Laser.During Phase II, a prototype system will be built, tested, and demonstrated. A scalable, high-power solid-state laser system composed of a variable number of phase-matched channels will find immediate application in industry (laser cutting, welding an

Principal Investigator:

Vladimir Markov
Director of Applied Optic

Business Contact:

Cecil F. Hess
Small Business Information at Submission:

Metrolaser, Inc.
2572 White Road Irvine, CA 92614

EIN/Tax ID: 330584881
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No